BSEN30570 Numerical Methods for Agriculture O/L

Academic Year 2023/2024

To solve many agricultural technical problems they need to be modelled mathematically. These mathematical models can then be solved sometimes analytically but more often numerical solutions are required. In this module students will learn how to apply numerical methods to solving a range of such problems.
Equation roots: bisection, Newton-Raphson. Optimisation: simplex method, curve fitting. Simultaneous equations: Gaussian elimination, LU decomposition, Gauss-Seidel. Numerical differentiation and Integration: Simpson’s rule. Differential equations: Euler, central difference, Runge-Kutta, finite differences, Crank-Nicolson, stability.
Simulation techniques will also be introduced.
This module will take place over a 7-week period and the final examination will be during the March break.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have acquired:
• knowledge and understanding of a range of numerical techniques;
• knowledge and understanding of the defects of numerical techniques especially stability and accuracy issues;
• skills and competency in numerically solving a range of problems;
• some insights into simulation techniques.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All content of this module will be online except the examination.
Prerecorded lectures will be made available.
Online tutorials and practicals will be arranged with the participants. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: A number of assignments are carried out during practicals throughout the trimester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of 7-week trimester examination in March 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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